Cabinet Secretary in Brussels talks

Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure and Capital Investment, Alex Neil, met for high level talks with European Commissioners in Brussels last week, as the Scottish Government stepped up attempts to ensure that European funding can deliver the maximum impact in Scotland.

The European Union recently published a blueprint outlining proposals for spending future funds across Europe between 2014 and 2020. Mr Neil said he keen to explore how structural, rural and fisheries funds might be better integrated.

“EU funds have made a significant contribution to developing the Scottish economy over many years”, he said. “I am keen that Scotland speaks with one voice on Europe.

“The next EU funding round takes place in 2014 and I am eager that it has the greatest and earliest impact possible in Scotland. The EU Financial Framework, announced last week, is giving the right signals, which chime with our ideas about how EU funds can be more coordinated.”